Throughout the festive period we attend more parties than at any other time of year. With that comes the added pressure of having a new outfit for each occasion. We share ideas we have copied from Instagram with our group chat to help each other out. But make up is always a tricky one because it isn’t just the application of makeup, it is having a look to go off and the products. So here at Fragrance Direct we have put together a trend guide to get you through the party season with the best beauty styles for this year.
#1 Glitter Disco Enthusiast – Glitter comes out every Christmas period whether is on your Christmas tree or on your sparkly nail varnish. Everyone loves it! But this year it is out in force and we are applying it everywhere. Whether it’s a shimmery eyeshadow or a statement lip, this year there is no such thing as ‘too much’. Stemming from the catwalk we are seeing it on the eyes, lips or both, so don’t be scared to play around. One palette we would recommend is the W7 Pressed to Impress Glitter Palette, this is a four-selection eye palette perfect for creating the look.
#2 Statement Silver – If you feel a whole glittered eye look is too and not your style then something we’ve seen popping up is a simple silver smudge across the lash line. It really brings out your eyes and the colour silver compliments all colours, so you don’t worry about that or your outfit choice. The Technic the Glitz Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow is an easy to use product for this look.
#3 The smokey eye. This next trend, when done well it’s an absolute classic. Dramatic eyes are always stand out whether you’re blonde or brunette. A heavy shadowed eye paired with a matte lipstick is always a show stopper, add in a sleek up do and you’re ready to go! The LaRoc 35 colour eye shadow palette gives you a huge selection to create the perfect look.
#4 Glow Getter This idea of glowing is an ever growing epidemic and for this season it is no different. People want their skin to look radiant to give a flawless appearance. Brands are bringing out glow kits which are universal shades that work on all skin types to help you achieve a lit from within glow. Highlighters are now a staple make up bag product so it’s a simple look to create. Depending on your preference whether you like a liquid highlighter or a powder we’d would recommend the C.A.K.E Cosmetic Sheer Glow Liquid Highlighter or the Sunkissed Let it Glow Baked Highlighter Palette which includes four shades.
#5 Holographic This final trend is one to look out for… Now we all know how long lip glosses have been around, for most they are the first make up product our parents allowed us to wear. But in more recent years with revolutionary matte lipsticks and now Lisa Eldridge’s velvet textured stick on the horizon they have a taken a back seat. But they are coming back, have you heard of holographic lip gloss? Well this is perfect for a little something extra this Christmas, so try our Halo Holographic Lip Glosses to get the look, our personal favourite is shade pink.
It is nearly December; can you believe it? Christmas party season is nearly in full swing. Sequins and glitter are starting to creep into wardrobes as the December diary is now fully booked. But how are we going to look our best every weekend with a nine to five combined with cold, dark nights. Meaning gym sessions and salads are becoming increasingly rare. So, we have put together a guide of five of our favourite eye creams to get you through this season and keep those dark circles at bay.
The first is Gatineau’s Perfection Ultime Eye Cream. Radiance Energizing Eye Concentrate. The revitalizing eye serum attacks redness and puffiness that can be caused from all those late nights. Your skin instantly absorbs the product giving you silky smooth appearance and long-lasting hydration, soothing those tired eyes giving you a fresh look! The horse Chestnut extract boosts circulation, the yeast extract fights puffiness and the sweet almond oil soften and soothes skin leaving it plump and youthful. One pump on the tip of your finger should be enough for both eyes and apply it morning and evening.
Our second recommendation is a personal favourite, Clinique All About the Eyes. This lightweight eye cream reduces puffiness, darkness and fine lines which are often more visible after a heavy night out. The creamy gel formula acts as a base for make up throughout the day but also soothes skin when you remove it. Designed to smooth, calm and protect the delicate eye area. 93% of people who have tried this product think it’s amazing and would definitely recommend it. It should be applied twice a day under and on the lid. This product is a must have, whether you add it to your Christmas list or treat yourself to get you though the season.
Another one we wanted to tell you about is the Elemis Absolute Eye Serum. Now this product is more of a serum than a cream, but it is a fabulous product for hydrating and refreshing the eye area. The light dynamic serum helps counteract puffiness and gives your skin colour, something we struggle with through the winter months. One to two drops on your finger tip, lightly rubbed around the eye area, twice a day will leave you looking fresh faced and naturally beautiful.
This fourth product is a real lifesaver. If you’re at the age where hangovers take their toll this product erases the effects of the weekend, Decleors Aroma Lisse 2 in 1 dark circle eye wrinkle eraser. The lemon and sunflower extract ingredients leave your skin firm and soft with the mandarin essential oil being clinically proven to repair and protect cells. It instantly brightens up dark circles with its unique innovative gel cream, with that added extra that it helps any early signs of aging. The expertly designed wand makes it easy to apply leaving you looking smoother, brighter and youthful. 81% of people who have tried this product have witnessed smoother lines with 100% seeing a more moisturized and brighter eye contour.
The Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Moisturizing Eye Cream is our final recommendation for getting you through this season. This multi-benefit eye cream helps prevent moisture loss and maintain your skin’s optimal moisture balance as it targets dark circles under eyes. This product is ophthalmologist tested and described as a cooling and calming treat for your tired eyes. Leaving your skin radiant and youthful. No one will ever know you even went out this weekend!
Fragrances make the perfect gift as Christmas time. A thoughtfully selected perfume or brand new aftershave really shows the recipient how much you care and will go down a treat come the 25th December. However, selecting the perfect scent can be quite a tricky task if you don’t know what scents they like. So, we’ve put together a list of the most popular fragrances to gift this Christmas, keep reading for some inspiration…
First up we’ve got one for the ladies – Marc Jacobs Daisy Twinkle. Daisy perfumes are hugely popular, especially at Christmas time. There’s just something super special about the gorgeous Daisy cap that makes it the perfect gift. Daisy Twinkle was new for 2018 and it has been one of our favourite additions so far, the range also includes Twinkle Eau So fresh and Daisy Dream Twinkle. Daisy Twinkle is a bright and playful floral perfume that opens with a juicy burst of wild berries mixed with hints of violet leaves. If you’re looking for something really special for your girlfriend, sister or best friend then you can’t go wrong with this one.
Next up we have Diesel Only The Brave. Now this is an intense, masculine fragrance that is perfect for the modern man. Fashionable, sexy and cool it will seriously impress anyone lucky enough to receive it this Christmas. Featuring top notes of Amalfi Lemon and Mandarin, heart notes of Cedar, Coriander and Violet and base notes of Amber and Benzion. If you want some inspiration for your boyfriend or brother then give Only The Brave a go, they won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for a scent for your mum, aunt or mother in law then Gucci Bamboo is a really good choice. A strong, yet graceful scent inspired by one of Gucci’s most recognisable signatures, the bamboo. A soft, yet intense fragrance that is expressed with strong notes that resonate through the heart and base. A beautiful mix of Deep Sandalwood, heady Tahitan Vanilla contrast with sensual Casablanca Lily, Orange Blossom and Ylang Ylang.
Next up is a classic that almost every man has worn at some point in their lives, Davidoff Cool Water. If you know that they are big Davidoff fans then you can’t go wrong with picking up a bottle of their favourite scent, it’s iconic! Inspired by the powers of the ocean, this aftershave has been giving a feeling of intense freshness for over 25 years. This scent is bound to bring some nostalgia to your dad, uncle, father in law, basically any man!
If you really want to treat someone special, then pick up a bottle of Giorgio Armani Si Nacre Sparkling Limited Edition. With the gorgeous bottle and sparkling juice, it just feels super Christmassy. It also leaves a beautiful sparkling effect on the skin that is perfect for those Christmas nights out or New Year’s Eve plans! A perfume that is fresh, green and addictive with notes of Freesia, exquisite honey and Rose De Mai.
The scent that makes the man… Joop WOW! If you’re looking for a fragrance for a confident, sophisticated man then look no further. Joop WOW! tells the story of a journey of transformation, a man turned into powerful and confident gentleman with nothing to prove. A fresh-woody fragrance that awakens the senses with exquisite ingredients including captivating notes of Bergamot, Cardamom, Vetiver and Warm Vanilla.
Marc Jacobs Decadence is the perfect scent if you need a gift for the glam queens in your life. Beautifully luxurious and impulsively indulgent, Decadence truly makes a statement. An indulgent sensual woody scent, the fragrance captivates with a sultry top note of succulent Italian Plum, Golden Saffron and Velvety Iris. This perfume truly makes a statement, so you can be sure to impress this Christmas.
Paco Rabanne Pure XS is the perfect scent for the man in your life… Carnal, beyond control and explosive! This fragrance was made for the young, hot, powerful man. It is explosive, fresh, robust and manly… hovering between the purity of raw desire and the pleasure of excess. With notes of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and myrrh you can be sure they will adore this scent!
The world of perfume was once so simple – sweet, delicate florals for women, and musty, woody spices for men. Well, gender stereotypes are no longer the norm, and thanks to brands like Tom Ford, Paco Rabanne and Calvin Klein, a huge selection of unisex fragrances are available which will work for you no matter where you are on the gender spectrum.
If you’re looking for a fragrance that you can share with a partner, a unisex gift or simply for a scent to suit every occasion, our guide to the best unisex fragrances is here to help.
Tom Ford Private Blend Mandarino Di Amalfi EDP Spray
Tom Ford is the master of unisex fragrance, often combining floral delicacy and natural musk to create something special which suits all genders and personalities.
Our favourite is Private Blend Mandarino Di Amalfi, a citrusy fresh fragrance combining mint, thyme and wildflowers. Evoking warm, breezy evenings on the coast, this gender-neutral spray promises to bring a sense of calm to the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Calvin Klein CK All Eau de Toilette Spray
Calvin Klein – another fragrance master – has blessed us with this classic scent which is as inclusive as it is iconic. CK All is a clean and subtle yet distinguished, and is suitable for work, romance and relaxation. This unisex fragrance can be worn anywhere, anytime and is sure to make an impression.
The flask-shaped bottle is a tribute to minimalist style that’ll look great in any home. Echo its simplicity as you take on the day with calmness and serenity brought to you by this scent.
Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cedro Di Taormina Gift Set
This gift set includes both a spray and shower gel and is the perfect present for any occasion. A Mediterranean mix of black pepper and lavender is balanced by notes of cistus labdanum, vetiver and Virginia Cedarwood. Combined, these ingredients evoke the lush vegetation and volcanic landscape of a far-off island.
Look to the Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cedro Di Taormina Gift Set for a treat that’s practical, indulgent, and can be enjoyed by anybody.
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne
Luxury Italian lifestyle brand Acqua Di Parma have a range of fragrance which has been considerately designed to suit all genders, combining delicacy and sophistication to create something quite special.
Colonia Assoluta boasts a fresh, sensual scent, which combines sparkling top notes of Sicilian bitter orange, bergamot and verbena with warm and spicy base notes of cardamom, pink pepper and pimento. The elegance of jasmine and wild orchid develops the scent even further, and lands it amongst our favourite unisex fragrances on the market.
Guerlain Jicky Eau de Parfum Spray
Although it was originally developed for women, this warm scent is now considered unisex following its favour amongst male Hollywood stars including Charlie Chaplin and Gary Cooper.
With cold top notes of lavender, citrus, orris and rose, and warm bases of patchouli, vanilla, amber and musk, this unusual, sensual fragrance is guaranteed to set pulses racing no-matter who wears it.
If you’re a true lover of fragrance, take a look at our guide to the best candles for relaxation and bring your passion into your home, or if you’re looking for the perfect way to pamper yourself, discover how to do a professional DIY facial at home courtesy of Fragrance Direct.
Do you suffer from an itchy scalp? Constantly worrying about whether people can see any dandruff? Well you are not the only one…
Your scalp is very sensitive and needs as much care as our skin on your body or face. However, many of us do not prioritise our scalp and don’t give it much thought as it is hidden under our hair. And with everyone increasingly relying on styling products, dry shampoo’s and texturizing products our scalps can get neglected. To give you some understanding, the lower layers are the healthiest, while the outer layers are the dead cells ready to shed and be replaced.
A healthy scalp requires regular cleansing and exfoliating to remove all bacteria, sweat, oil and dead cells from the surface. So here are some easy tips for you to think about.
#1 Exfoliating is key – The answer to speeding up the skin cell turnover process is to exfoliate regularly. If you feel you suffer with psoriasis then try and exfoliate every time you wash your hair if you feel you have a healthy head of hair, we recommend exfoliating once a week.
#2 Get those Cells Going – Beneath your skin is a network of blood cells that carry oxygen and vital nutrients. Keeping the circulation going by regular messaging will benefit the condition of your scalp no end. Massage in small circular motions with slight pressure to really get those cells moving. This in turn will encourage increased hair growth to help you get those long, glossy locks!
#3 Cutting Chemicals – We are all up for improving our appearance, but we do know that curling, dying and perming our hair constantly damages it because it dries it out. Using chemicals is also bad for your scalp too, strong chemicals can irritate the delicate skin on your head so it’s even more reason to be conscientious and try to cut down if you can. Even if it is the small things such as using your straighteners twice a week instead of everyday it all helps towards keep your hair and scalp in top condition.
We’ve pulled together a list of great products that will help keep your hair looking great but also protect and nourish your scalp too!
#1 You must shampoo regularly to get rid of all dead cells and cleanse your scalp. Have a look for products that contain natural ingredients that are less likely to irritate the skin. We recommend Daily Defense Argan Oil Shampoo. This brand uses natural ingredients and botanical extracts and aims to still give you a fresh, clean look.
#2 If you are a man, really struggling with your scalp we have a comb through oil that utilizes the benefits of tea tree to ensure your scalp is healthy. The ORS Tea Tree Oil Soothing Hair and Scalp Oil works to get give you the best scalp care at great price!
#3 Foltene Hair and Scalp Treatment for women is a new formula that is biomineral complex to improvement the health of your hair and scalp. It does this by improving the biological function of the scalp by feeding the follicle with amino acids, viatmins A, B5, C E and P, effectively improving conditions such as dandruff.
#4 If you suffer predominately from dandruff or an irritated scalp then this shampoo can help remove the dead skin cells, so they are not sitting in your hair. American Crew Daily Shampoo breaks down excess oil in the hair allowing it to be gently rinsed away. The safe leaf and chamomile extracts provide shine but more importantly reduce bacteria.
#5 Sometimes conditioners can worsen the problem. With long hair conditioners are used to keep the ends nourished so they don’t become dry and brittle, this helps with overall appearance and tangles. However, some conditions can cling to the roots and feel as if it has not been washed out of the hair properly. This conditioner is great as it leaves your hair clean as well as not irritating a sensitive scalp. Since using this my scalp is less itchy and the texture of my hair feels less greasy.
Remember through these winter months our skin needs a little more looking after than usual so don’t forget your scalp! A happy head means happy hair.